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We have 5 models ready for our photo sets and I’m working on a sixth at this time. I’ll post the first five at the same time I update the webpage, which should be sometime this weekend. Reverting to the original webpage scheme gives us a more pictorial type layout that’s applicable to the model display format.

Metalsmithing and casting equipment will begin our purchasing phase on Monday and continue for a couple of weeks. The product research and final selection of equipment has temporarily interrupted our classs schedule of the organic design software but we hope to get back on track by the end of next week.

As we get closer to the production phase of operations, multitasking has taken a huge part of our time, as scheduling has to be done in parallel rather than one step at a time. So I’m juggling five areas of management; training, purchasing, research, development and application of webpage design.

Quote of the week:

“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be”.
-Khalil Gibran

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We continue our studies with the organic design software while concluding our hands-on lost wax casting classes this past Wednesday. At the same time we continue our development of production model designs and have two ongoing portfolio collections under the headers of Aztec and Steampunk. I intend to post associated designs for those galleries in a few weeks while we are acquiring the equipment to produce them. The images will then be replaced with the 3D prints, or as cast in brass, bronze, silver or gold.

On another front, according to the latest data, worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 496,475 units in 2016, up 103 percent from the predicted 244,533 units in 2015, according to Gartner , Inc.’s latest forecast. 3D printer shipments are forecast to more than double every year between 2016 and 2019, by which time worldwide shipments are expected to reach more than 5.6 million.

It’s important to note that mass production of 3D printers for small business isn’t in true assembly-line manufacturing mode yet, with most being manually assembled products of startup companies. 3D printers that do use mass assembly methods are typically directed to large corporations that can afford a base price of $100,000 or more per unit.

Quote of the week:

“3D printing has digitized the entire manufacturing process”.
-Peter Diamandis

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Technological Advances

An interesting race is heating up the 3D printing industry with the latest versions of 3D printer design. ILI or Intelligent Liquid Interface is the latest application for 3D printing methods.

As demonstrated by NewPro3D, this machine produces in 4.5 minutes what takes the next fastest competitor 180 minutes to produce. I want one. There have been some questions from skeptics as to the quality of the finished print, but since the first consumer models aren’t scheduled for delivery until the end of the year, reviews are not available at the present time. Another company, UNIZ offers a competetive product.

The developments in 3D printing technology and design are coming fast and furiously and I have no doubt that these machines will become obsolete in a short couple of years. Prices keep dropping as well and what was priced at three to five thousand dollars last year may find their way to below a thousand in the next year or so. The age of micro manufacturing is on the doorstep of home based businesses.

Quote of the week:

“You have to be interested in culture to design for it”.
– Lorraine Wild

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Craft, Art & Technology

Here’s an interesting twist on DIY object printing, as shown below. Though advertised as a 3D printer, a more accurate description might be laser cutter, although this device also applies printing to curved surfaces. The promotion more likely refers to the overall design of the outer casing since it most resembles a desktop document printer in appearance although quite a bit larger.

The response for this product is tremendous, due to its ease of use, and that it doesn’t require separate 3D modeling software. The equipment in our own shop is not as cost prohibitive, with the difference being in the of use of our own separate high-end geometric and organic design softwares.

On the business front, we should begin acquiring hardware and equipment upgrades by the middle of this month with test production startup as soon as the equipment is in house and is calibrated. Our first test production models will begin with emphasis on optimization of design, and quality control. Our fantasy model portfolio is extensive, but still in the process of design modifications, since we’ve yet to apply our new organic design software enhancements, and in preliminary production we may find that some models may prove to be less suitable for 3D printing than others. At this time we have more than one hundred models in our fantasy design folders, with more ideas in our files yet to be developed. Quality control will ensure first uploads to the website portfolios.

Quote of the week:

“Everything is design. Everything”! Paul Rand